Written by Joanne Fitzgerald Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
April and May were especially lively and active for the Golden Age Club. Program chairperson Mary Duffy arranged for a return visit from Eranga and Prianga, from Sri Lanka, who are considered “International Singers.” This friendly couple entertained members with songs from Russia, Israel, Greece, and Jamaica. Their rendition of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “Una Paloma Blanca” had Golden Agers singing and moving, as did “I Will Survive” and songs by Abba.
The date for “Dancing With the Golden Oldies”, much awaited, finally arrived. Hostess, “Lulu Libbey”, none other than President Lillian Barnola, kept things moving as judges “Loose Lucy”, “Lord Thomas”, and “Senora Chiquita Banana Sunday” rated the contestants. Each dance was so imaginatively choreographed that it was difficult to choose a winner to award “The Mirror Egg” to. Accordion player, “Joe Garage”, accompanied the dancers and provided background music. Golden Agers agreed that this program was great fun and a great hit.
On a quieter note, the club took a musical trip down memory lane, thanks to a program provided by Jack Schneer. His topic was the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Through clips of interviews with them, insight was gained into their creative process. “The King and I”, “The Sound of Music”, “South Pacific” and “Oklahoma” are but a few of their hits. The beautiful music from their plays and films had everyone reminiscing and they softly hummed and sang along with the stars.
With the coming of warmer weather, it’s hard to believe that so much of the Golden Age year has passed. However, there are still a few exciting events as well as the spring luncheon to look forward to. The club meets every Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mineola Community Center at 155 Washington Ave.